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14 Reasons You Are Hungry All the Time (and How to Fix It)

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14 Reasons You Are Hungry All the Time (and How to Fix It)

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If your stomach growls asking for food and feeling empty it’s not always about being hungry. There are a lot of reasons why you can't find a feeling of fullness and feel hungry even though you have recently eaten. Late-night visits to the fridge for food cravings might be a simple symptom of an improper diet or a warning for a medical problem that you need to check out with your doctor.

Here are some reasons for that feeling and what to do to stop it.

1. Eating too many refined carbs

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Refined carbs can be found in any processed foods especially pasta, baked goods and sugary foods. The lack of fiber makes your body digest them fast so hunger comes fast and the feeling of fullness that comes with eating is just temporary.

It was proven that high fiber foods take longer to be digested so adding fiber into our diet is a good solution here. If you stop constantly fueling your body with refined carbs and replace them with healthier foods like whole grains, brown rice and veggies you will see a distinction in your hunger levels soon.

2. Diabetes

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Diabetes specifically type two diabetes is a health issue that can make you feel hungry all the time. Because of diabetes, glucose our source of energy stays in the blood instead of spreading into our cells. This makes the person that has it feel hungry. Many celebrities, including Tom Hanks have been diagnosed with diabetes and but enjoy a great life.

The feeling of hunger is just one of the signs of diabetes that can be diagnosed via a blood test. After a proper check up and through medication and a special diet it can be controlled and these sings will be long gone.

3. Working out a lot

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This is one of the good reasons why you may feel hungry most of the time. If you work out way to much you burn a lot of calories and as a result your body craves more calories. People that exercise regularly and for long duration develop a faster metabolism and a greater appetite.

Training is good for our health in general so the focus should be on what and when we eat. According to studies a nutritious meal before exercising will boost your physical performance and also minimize the possibilities of muscle damage.

4. Being on certain medications

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Increased appetite can also be a side effect of a lot of medications because of certain elements they contain. The most common are cortisol, insulin, clozapine and olanzapine that might be found in diabetes medications, antidepressants or mood stabilizers.

If you gain weight or deal with extensive hunger after taking a new medication it’s best to check out with your doctor and discuss whether it’s possible to alternate your treatment or find another way to control the side effects.

5. Too much stress (emotional eating)

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It is well known that constant anxiety has side effects on our health and increasing our appetite is one of them. Stress eating or emotional eating is a common disorder that proves how excess stress is connected to our feeling of hunger. Anxiety causes an increase of the hormone cortisol and leads to overeating and food cravings for unhealthy snacks.

Stress is a risk factor for obesity and should be handled early. Therapy, meditation and exercise are ways to help you regain your balance and self control and avoid emotional eating.

6. Eating too quickly or when you are distracted

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In our busy lives most of us choose to eat fast and while we are doing other things. Even though it may save you time this habit is not at all good for your health. Scientists say that distracted or fast eating negatively affects our appetite rate increases the calories we get and results in weight gain and constant cravings.

It is essential to give your meals the time they deserve. Take the time to sit down and eat your lunch without getting distracted, carefully chewing and enjoying every bite. That way you will be more aware of your feelings of fullness.

7. Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)

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Hyperthyroidism is a malfunction of the thyroid a gland that controls our metabolism through hormones. These hormones are generated into the bloodstream and control metabolism. Having an overactive thyroid means that this gland generates too much thyroid hormone. Increased hunger feelings are part of the signs.

Hyperthyroidism is diagnosed easily and can be treated with either medication that normalizes hormone levels or in excessive cases surgery.

8. Sleep deprivation

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Never underestimate a good night’s sleep Ghrelin is the so called hunger hormone that controls the feeling of our appetite in our brains. Sleep deprivation plays a very essential role since lack of sleep has been shown to increase ghrelin levels and create feelings of hunger.

Maintaining a steady sleep schedule with at least eight hours of sleep will help you control your hormone levels and feel better overall.

9. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or Menopause

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Compulsive eating is a common sign in women that deal with premenstrual syndrome PMS. During the days leading up to a period a woman might have a greater appetite and more intense food cravings. On the other hand the same thing might be experienced in women going through menopause because of hormonal changes and a decrease of estrogen that leads to an increase in hunger.

Sticking to healthy food options like fruits and veggies drinking too much water and including exercise in your life will help you. In case of a serious issue you should always see a doctor since there are treatments that can be considered in these cases or a special diet that can be recommended.

10. Pregnancy

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There is also the pregnancy scenario. In this case your body craves more food for one simple reason: your baby needs to get more nutrients to grow in a healthy way. An increased appetite may be one of pregnancy’s signs among others like a missed period and nausea.

Studies indicate that 50%–90% of pregnant women experience cravings. A pregnancy test will confirm whether this is the reason why you are experiencing these cravings. If so a conversation with your doctor can help you control your hunger and a special diet will assist you in not gaining extra weight.

11. Consuming too much alcohol

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Alcohol seriously affects our appetite. According to researchers alcohol decreases leptin a hormone that is responsible for our feeling of fullness especially when it’s consumed before or during meal. Drinking way too much is considered a risk factor for obesity.

You can leave alcohol out of your life or drink responsibly. You should avoid combining it with eating because it makes you more sensitive to food smells and the brain is then tricked to desire more food.

12. Not drinking enough water

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There are many reasons why drinking water is good for our health a healthy digestive system, heart, brain and healthy skin. Water helps in lowering the feeling of hunger research has shown that people who drink water before a meal eat fewer calories but feel just as full.

Though it may sound strange our brain might mistake the feeling of hunger with the feeling of thirst. Getting proper hydration is essential. Including more water-rich foods, fruits and veggies in your meals will also help you decrease the feeling of hunger.

13. Lack of fat in your diet

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Not getting enough fat in your diet can be an issue as getting too much of it when you consume fatty products you slow down gastrointestinal transit time that means that the food remains in your stomach longer and that leads to an increase your feeling of fullness.

A study proved that people that were constantly eating low fat products had more continuous feelings of hunger than people that followed a full-fat diet. Choose to include fish like salmon and tuna, eggs, olive oil and other healthy sources of fat in your diet and stay away of low-fat products.

14. Not getting enough protein

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The lack of protein in your diet may be another reason why you have an appetite that’s constantly on. Some qualities in protein help reduce the level of hormones that arouse hunger while creating a feeling of fullness. Athletes choose a diet full of protein because it helps with weight control and boosts our metabolic profile.

Other research has shown that people that ate more protein throughout the day had fewer food obsessive thoughts about food. To get your fill of protein you may try animal products like meat, fish, and eggs and dairy foods and certain veggies and whole grains.

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